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David Matches: The Match

David Matches: The Match

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  • Wed 28 Sep ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 29 Sep ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 30 Sep ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 1 Oct ’11, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 2 Oct ’11, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
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Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The Match, which opens on September 2, is an exhibition of life-sized portraits of amateur and international rugby players from the NZ Portrait Gallery. The portraits, photographed over 6 years between 2006 and 2011 by English photographer David Matches, capture the essence of New Zealand’s most popular sport. He photographed players as they left the ground, before the effects of the match could evaporate. The photographs express the varying emotions depending on the outcome of the games. He used an old 10x8 bellows camera to take only a single photograph of each player.

NZ Portrait Gallery Director Avenal McKinnon says, “The visual impact of these works is huge, and no matter what the individual viewer’s attitude to rugby, the effect of such raw emotion and great, muscular energy is inescapable. The exhibition is not only a celebration of the legacy of rugby in New Zealand and a tribute to the clubs which are so important in encouraging the next generation of senior players, it is also a bridge between the worlds of art, sport and psychology in the land where rugby is king.” It is appropriate that we should have this exhibition celebrating rugby at ‘grass-roots’ level at the time of the Rugby World Cup.

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